never saw me more perfectly contented than I am to-day; for I am sure that my Heavenly Father designs this affliction for my good.
I am perfectly satisfied that either in this life, or in that which is to come, I shall discover that what is now regarded as a calamity is a blessing.
And if it appears a great calamity (as it surely will be a great inconvenience) to be deprived of my arm, it will result in a great blessing.
I can wait until God, in His own time, shall make known to me the object He has in thus afflicting me. But why should I not rather rejoice in it as a blessing, and not look on it as a calamity at all?
If it were in my power to replace my arm, I would not dare do it unless I could know that it was the will of my Heavenly Father.’
His dispatches and official reports all breathed this spirit of trust in and dependence upon God.
His simple ‘God blessed our arms with victory at McDowell
yesterday,’ was but a type of the character and spirit of his dispatches.
After his capture of Winchester
in 1862 he issued the following order: